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. >> very nice. >> all right. aside from that, we'll take a look at upbeat economic news out of china. the purchasing managers index rising to 50.9 in december. highest level since august. the surge also helped speculation the chinese government will take additional steps to support its economy. of the 15 times china's up 3%, since '09, s&p that day is up 13 times. almost every time. despite the futures today, is it a good omen for the markets here? >> look, there was a dichotomy in that government. there were people who were concerned about inflation. and there were people who said, listen, we're not growing fast enough. they do have a lot of levers. if they want to grow, i still -- i've been a bull on china. if they want to do 9%, 10%, they have the ability to do it. all they have to do is have a gigantic sewer infrastructure program. >> that's true. there's going to be an economic war conference held soon. it's believed the government will start to release growth forecast at that conference and perhaps unveil some further stimulus measures or tip their hat in terms of whether they
. >> turmoil in italy. berlusconi throws his hat in the ring. retail sales numbers out of china, hoping the economy is in fact on an upswing. >> apple, enthusiasm. jeffreys trimming its price target to 800 from 900, as apple shares do trade lower in the pre-market. we'll start with mcdonald's, posting better than expected november same-store sales, global comps up 2.4. u.s. same-store sales up 2.5, offered by breakfast offerings, including that cheddar/bacon/onion sandwich, as melissa mentioned. jim? people are saying the u.s. maybe is making a turn here. >> i find mcdonald's is levered to new products, levered to menu technology. they do invent things. my hat's off to janet. they had this number last week. reminds people, again, they've been right down, and up. mcdonald's is one of those things where joe asked me from squawk when we were talking, i said, i think this is a for real term. if they continue to innovate. i may this may not be your cup of tea, burger, but innovation s higher. >> they tried to sell it to consumers as opposed to their extra value menu, which is a little bit hi
it will be a buying opportunity, we like companies that have good market share globally especially if china starts to grow a little bit and we like the european companies that were beaten down particularly the large caps, that we will take advantage of the emerging market, china moving up. we like anything associated with housing and they have been performing very well even on days when the market has been selling off and you can see the strength of their but the warning is if we go off of this, everything is subject to more sell-offs. perhaps more bargain hunting. adam: fiscal cliff negotiations are moving as deadly as rush-hourrtraffic in boston which can be a nightmare. you have a good new year. let's hope they get a deal done. all the best to you. >> thank you. adam: it is a quarter till time to check stocks again. every 15 minutes we doing here. lauren simonetti will do that at the stock exchange. >> volume is light but traders -- we saw a triple digit loss for the blue chip average down 89 points, declined across the board, volume decisively lower, the margin between gaining and losing stock
up personal computer sector? >> manufacturing data out of china. not bad. 50.6. that's the highest in seven months. although shanghai again trades lower even europe's pmi improves a touch in november. first up, we're one month away from the fiscal cliff and so far the white house and congressional republicans are still in disagreement over how to reduce the deficit and avoid a raft of tax hikes and spending cuts. yesterday our own jim cramer and maria bartiromo were on "meet the press" and cramer had a message for fellow panelists and father of the anti-tax pledge, grover norquist. >> most ceos are republican. they're on board. they're not on board with you. they're not on board with you because they fear your view. they think you do not favor going -- you favor going over the cliff. that's what they think. they think that you favor -- >> just for the record since we're on tv. that's silly if they think that they shouldn't be ceos. >> it doesn't really matter. that's what they think. >> i want you to walk me up to that moment. >> behind the record. i like that too. >> i'm stuck. li
't an accord in congress. >> we will always have china. manufacturing pmi data from last night is the best in 21 months. can we finally say the chinese economy has been stabilized. >> but of course, we start in washington. as you know, congress comes back today. the house gaveling into session now with legislative business starting at 10:00 a.m. the senate returns at 11:00 a.m. eastern. there are only a few hours left to get a deal done. eamon? >> you're already hearing people talk the way they talk on new year's day. a lot of people wish they could go back in time and do things differently. that's the way people are talking in washington about this fiscal cliff. feeling as if this thing suddenly got off the rails. take a listen to mitch mcconnell last night talking about the pace of the negotiations here and the frustration that he's experienced going through all of this over the weekend. take a listen. >> now, i'm concerned about the lack of urgency here. like we all know we're running out of time. this is far too much at stake for political gamesmanship. we need to protect the american
. last, but certainly not least, i think you could see the new leadership team in china come more aggressive reform program than people are expecting. >> all right. michael, good to have you. >> thank you so much. >> michael jones of riverfront. >> financials looking to continue their upward momentum from yesterday when both bank of america and citi hit new 52-week highs. independent research analyst meredith whitney has turned bullish on financials, too. whitney citing several factors including her view that banks are more than adequately capitalized. and guys, the weakest position banks from the crisis are now more than adequately capitalized, thus what they earn going forward, whatever that is, will now be theirs to employ with far greater discretion than has been the case in the past. that's the crux of her note. >> it needs to be listened to. i think we make a little bit much of meredith whitney, to be frank. it's been a controversial call on municipal bonds a couple of years ago that has not been proven correct. she might argue with that, but i think that's in the facts. you
about china electric demand being strong. remember, they make coal machinery, depending upon how much electric demand there is in china, his orders go up. that's why i think people are surprised the stock eel not down big, given his concerns throughout the near term. >> comments, the buybacks continue. >> now, i begin to say, wait a second. one buyback, maybe -- too much coincidence here. you have the news out of joint global. i think people are starting to say this fourth quarter's an inflection point for china. less worried about inflation, more worried about pro-growth. cummins is a uniquely chinese story. so many truck engines go there. let's keep track of this. >> a lot of people say if you've got gdp growing again and inflation as low as it is, that is the sweet spot, that is where you always want to be. >> india came out with global stuff. coal, i know, we're only used to seeing coal phased out in this country. they love coal in china. i don't want to make a judgment on whether that's -- but they are huge coal plant builders there. huge. >> an important one to watch. we'll talk
market, the shanghai composite in china, closed well below the markets opened but here are some names posting solid gains when it comes to the steel world. optimism on china coming back giving the steel sector boost. prices for iron ore hitting a decent high lately, not a bad move, translating to a lot of names in this space for a while it looked like the economy was weakening and now it is coming back. dave: we want to let you know we will throughout this hour ridge you -- give the regular updates on a horrendous shooting in connecticut. that is coming throughout the hour. liz: how about alternative investment? putting money behind a pop culture icon. we are looking at other ways to make money than stocks but what about judy garland? the rights to her tv show are up for auction. did you know the rights and royalties of an investment can return 8% to 11% on average? better than a kick in the head. we have the man who is selling rights that he bought from judy garland's former husband. dave: today is the deadline for states to say if they will set up their own health care exchanges or
at, given the outlook and not just the u.s. consumer, but now you talk about sales in china just started, there's a lot of catalyst and the stock is cheap. david: despite your pessimism of what might happen in the economy, you're optimistic about what's happening with homebuilders. yowe think this is a real burste are seeing, one that will last? >> i agree, pointed homebuilders enjoying a nice ride and you are seeing that, it was priced into the market probably two quarters ago, but it will continue and i think that part of the economy will help out over the homebuilders themselves but investors in the market. david: continued for how long? >> my sense is throughout 2013. you can really count on this resurgence from the home building sector. lori: gary, remaining time, what is your preferred asset allocation? >> right now we are allocating model the balanced portfolio to be about 43% equities split equally between domestic and foreign. we're about 15% traditional bonds, 30% non-traditional bonds. and we're about 10% of real assets, energy, precious metals. about 2% cash. lori: gr
obviously focus on is china. in september, they approved infrastructure projects. love the way the stocking is acting the last couple of days. dagen: you are bullish on the global economy. charles: for a while now. connell: you are not worried about china athol? charles: i think china is going to continue to be on a roll. i am also impressed with brazil, indonesia and turkey. the rest of the world really doing extraordinarily well. connell: we like when you go global on us, charles. what do you use, google maps or apple? charles: stuart varney is probably better than me when it comes to these smart phones. connell: i do remember when you got away from the flip phone. charles: that is only because i left it in the green room. i heard someone from the smithsonian came up. dagen: charles, thank you so much. connell: let's go to this google graphic story. it is a very popular app. let's put it that way. we will talk about that coming up. more from washington, the house speaker ready to put through his own legislation. >> our hope continues to be to reach an agreement with the president what we
in one day. two reasons, the iphone slips in china, got it, but investors are taking their profit now because they don't want to pay the president's higher stock profit tax next year, big deal. the president has now drawn two lines in the sand. no to a debt ceiling, he wants a blank check and he's not backing off and yes on tax rate hikes, no compromise from the white house. wait until you hear the latest from ed asner. he voiced the teacher union cartoon where the rich urinate on the poor. who does he want to urinate on now? watch out, everybody, "varney & company" about to begin. ride . she knows the potential for makingr losing money can pop up anytime. that's why she trades with the leader in mobile trading. so she's always ready to take action, no matter how wily... or weird... or wonderfully the market's behaving... which isn't rocket science. it's just common sense. from td ameritrade. well, having a ton of locations doesn't hurt. and a santa to ot! [ chuckles ] right, baby. oh, sir. that is a customer. oh...sorry about that. [ male announcer ] break from the holiday stss. fede
. export orders, a sign of weakness there and in china and in some of the pmi figures that we got across europe. so the theme that is emerging, while germany even showed some signs perhaps of strength in its service sector, there's still concern about global growth prospects. for that reason, all the more reason why perhaps it's important for policymakers to be proactive, including mario draghi. back over to you guys. >> thank you for that. who is going to be the squawk perpendicular of the year, joe? >> you mean if we pick one? >> if we pick one. >> we have to pick one that's not obvious. >> like mcafee, maybe. i had an opportunity to pick business person of the year and i picked richard scrusi. it's so hard to find an honest cfo. remember the guy that helped out? i think he was on his way up the river or something. you have to pick it so there's an edge to it. >> like leo apatae or something like that. >> no, like mcafee. i didn't mention that, but he may get the squawk person of the year award today. it depends on how he answers your probing -- your father was a litigator, right? >> t
vacuum cleaner. sucking into the united states the net exports of europe, japan, and lately china. thus providing exporters -- germany, japan, or china -- with the requisite demand necessary. to keep the factories going. so, the ever expanding trade deficit was not an accident. it was a very clever way of replacing one that surplus recycling system with another. the first one, it was one where america had a surplus and america decided instead of doing what germany is doing at the moment -- which is cutting its nose to spite its face, and thereby entering into recession by cutting, cutting, cutting -- volcker and kissinger initially, and then volcker as the head of the fed had a different idea. we are going to expand our dominance and our wealth by expanding our deficit and using our deficits to provide the rest of the world with the demand which is necessary to grow their economies, even at the expense of ours. and who is going to pay for the deficit? if i have an ever-expanding deficit, the bank tells me it is game over. but if you are the united states of america and you have the rese
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with the democrats. dagen: apples weekend in china. new iphone sales top 2 million units. connell: $3.24 a gallon. these are the best prices we have seen all year for gasoline. a very, difficult day and weekend for many around the country. dagen: it will be a difficult week, month and many years to come as we try to deal with these shootings in newtown, connecticut. we will bring you up-to-date about any news as we get it. you'll hear about it in the fox news minute coming up in just a short while. connell: the business news of the day. we will begin with nicole petallides at the new york stock exchange. good morning. nicole: we did have a moment of silence for those in morning. our nation is in morning. let's take a look at the names on the move this morning. you can see some accelerated selling. 13% to the downside. it has been virtually flat. clearwater for $2.99. it is even below that particular level. we knew that sprint are ready to part of it. here is some economic news. not that great. it was down again. five months in a row. in japan, they had a big election. a lot of people have been ho
a little bit. the key thing is looking at china, the oil demand terrible all summer. started to rebound in september with a record high for amount of demand #* demand. in october, they hit the third highest month on record for demand, a strong manufacturing number means, of course, that oil demand could be another record this month into december. this is the high demand period in china, very, very supportive for the market. that doesn't matter. if the u.s. is in recession, if the informerring sector falls off the cliff, that lowers expectations, and temper the increase now, but from the big picture per specttive, a rebound in chinese manufacturing probably means a rebound in crude oil prices in the coming months. >> you know, phil, it's warm here in the northeast. unseasonably warm, actually. natural gas up for the first time in four sessions. just jiggering here? what's causing the jump? >> well, forecast says we might be in warrant -- winter after all. forecasts could colder. i'm not buying it. we rallied weeks ago because it was to be cold. we're sweating in chicago. the natural gas
in europe a year ago versus today, particularly exporters with china maybe turning a little bit. i just think an awful lot of money has left that area. if any of it starts moving back, and maybe that's what we're seeing, it's a nice place to be. the trick is you have to be there before the turn. >> hey, bill. >> yeah, rick? >> with citigroup cutting 11,000 jobs, austerity makes their stock run up. i'd like to know what our guests think if many of the others are going to be cutting. investors found something golden in those cuts. >> it's true because the stock goes down real quick. you like the financials? >> we're kind of agnostic. sorry, maria. >> sounds like you don't like them. >> we're underweight. >> mark, quickly. >> we are underweight financials. we've moved to more of a neutral weight. citi is one of the names we're overweight. it's a shame for the folks who have lost their job, but it's a nice move today. >> 7.5%. bank of america, 6%. thanks, guys. >> thank you very much. see you later. as a matter of fact, the financials are leading us higher. we're near the highs of the sessi
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, japan, china, we will get a sneak preview of celebrations being planned as times square gets prepared for 1 million visitors. it is a complete nightmare. [ laughter ] ashley: time now for stocks now as we do every 15 minutes. we are up 51 points. not too bad on this last trading day of the year. >> that is right. the dow has been pretty flat. going back and forth between the red and green. the nasdaq is up 30. same goes for the s&p stock of about nine points. we are also watching a settlement between u.s. regulators and about a dozen banks. sources tell the "new york times" that 14 banks include tank of america, wells fargo and jpmorgan chase. we are taking a look at those stocks. back to you. ashley: diane, thank you very much. well, the question is, is the unthinkable about to become reality for back now, it is up to this man. on the right. vice president joe biden called in to help with the debt negotiations that we think are going nowhere. there are always rumors and whispers in the hallway. let's go to rich for the very latest on the progress. rich: there is progress, ashley. the
safer way when they manufacture in china and all over the place. >> no. there have been stories about the working conditions in china which is another reason i am glad these jobs are coming here. ruth ruth, you make a good point. i feel good about apple but we also have to change the tax laws so that to reward companies like apple that do bring their manufacturing here and to punish those who keep exploiting the jobs. >> this is "the bill press show." about global warming. they just want to shut it down and go home. ed is calling from frederick maryland. museum >> bill: good morning. exciting issue. from financial regulation, iran that trade-offs are tough. things everyday exploding around the world that leave no shortage for exciting conversations. i want our viewer to understand why things have happened. at the end of the show, you know what has happened, why its happened and more importantly, what's going to happen tomorrow. [ music ] >> this is the "full-court press," "the bill press show," live on your radio and on current tv. >> bill: now 33 minutes a
that egotism that everybody reacts to. >> i was in china for ten days and with a group of mayors, the mayor of philadelphia, beijing, mayor nutter. and you know, people in china are asking about the fiscal cliff. everywhere we went. what's going on with you people? so the world is watching. and it's not just us. and i don't care, maybe you think the chinese, well, too bad for them, but it's not just the chinese, it's europe, and they're blaming the fact that their economies aren't going based on the fact that we're in this stalemate. you know, it's huge. >> harold, i mean, it all comes down to leadership. you know, when you talk to business owners, they want leadership shown. i'm glad the president is talking to business leaders now. >> and a debater on the phone. >> not only the administration but also on the other side of pennsylvania avenue with the republicans and harry reid in the senate. you're just not seeing it. >> you don't see enough of it. curiously, the markets -- investors are actually increasing their exposure which is kind of contrarian to your point. i do believe to julia's
and more is expected in the next several years. >> a house in china that stood as a symbol of resistance has been turned down. it sat in the middle of a road. the neighborhood around it was destroyed but the owners refused to sale so the government built the road around the home. in the end the owners agreed to take $41,000 in compensation and the home was torn down. >> it has been a wet week here in the bay area but what about the sierra in how much snow is expected to fall by the end of the weekend. >> and a ramp on the run from police. more of this video and tell you how it all finally ended. . >> a bit of a lull in the wet weather coming our way for today with the next powerful punch already on the way as well. . >>> quite the unusual police pursuit stalled traffic in iowa yesterday. a ram jumped from a trailer started running. officers tried catching with their cars but it didn't work president the ram then ran for about an hour before a crowd was able to corner it and tackle it. the homeowner was cited for having an animal at large. >> poor guy. it is going to be a snowy weeken
that well to suddenly, an inventory glut of shoes with china, maybe north america can make up with it. nike remains a great growth company, a lot of cash, good dividend. i think if it gets hit, unless they can -- remember, china is coming back. so, theoretically, that's what the stock market upped the most since august 2010, it comes back, then nike represents great value. >>> when we come back this morning, a lot more on that deal of the day intercontinental exchange buying the nyse parent, nyse euro next, a live interview with the ceos of both of those companies. meantime, take one more look at futures after the worst day of the month yesterday. futures rebounding a bit. a lot more from squawk on the streets, post nine, at the nyse, when we return. st >>> herbalife is one of the stocks to watch this morning after bill ackman says he is shorting the stock, calling you the company a pyramid scheme. ackman will outline his herbalife argument at an investment presentation in new york city herbalife ceo defended his company yesterday on cnbc. >> this is about bill acman's business model. this
would be short yen and long japanese stocks. >> people watching not just january but china. ir ir ir iron oar a lot. >> let's get more insight from steve from web bush securities. how much of a nail biter is this for you in terms of fiscal cliff and the markets? >> i think pretty clear at this point that if there's a deal coming, it's gonna be coming very, very soon. i think the markets discounted the fact we are going to get some sort of deal t has held up fairly well here and i think if we don't get a deal, we will see a selloff. i don't know how considerable, but certainly see the 2, 3% decline in the market. >> does it amaze you, steve, that the markets, in your view, still consider a given that we are going to reach a deal? here we are thursday, december 27th. they still haven't issued a 48-hur notice for congress to return to capitol hill and yet you're saying the markets have baked in some sort of deal? >> yeah, i think so. i don't in he isly think the deal happened december 31st. if we pass waite without a deal earthquake the market will think something is going to happen in
can see, with the kospi up the most, 1.5 points. >> strong nebs out of china which suggest maybe the economy is rebounding more than expected. >> the exports. >> yeah. >> among the catalyst in asia trading today, economic stats out of china. export growths slowed sharply to 2.9% in december. that news j underscores the global headwinds dragging on the economy. but the chinese economy is showing solid signs of a pick up in domestic activity. industrial output was stronger than expected. the country has been saying for years it needs to shift a little bit from the export model the internal consumption. let their middle class grow and not be nearly as dependent on exports. and china's oil demand in november surpassed 10 million barrels per day for the first time ever. the country's crude imports rose to the second highest daily rate on record. analysts say this is further evidence of the chinese recover. and i saw this story on -- every once in a while i check tweeting. >> i saw it on google, too. kayla tausche reporting -- >> kayla beat nick dunn. >> nick dunn was quoting kayla. >>
stocks are falling the dow was off 100 points europe is a mess in china slows down the global economy in dire straits and we cannot stop spending there is no message in interest rates are rising as they should to prepare for another downgrade which is very concerning talking about the economic data data, consumer confidence falls over fiscal cliff uncertainty and warning the government is set to hit the legal borrowing limit by a monday. we have bill rodgers from rutgers university professor who is the perfect guest. >> happy holidays. lori: starting with consumer confidence if you look at the psychological impact of the fiscal clift debacle. >> prior to the holidays with a conversation was around wall street and the impasse with the fiscal cliff and today confidence index fell a full six points and fully driven by households and main street being concerned about taxes, unemployment insurance benefits so jobs are not being created so this provides the imperative at a higher level for congress. lori: if you hear the cbo says if we do go over the cliff then gdp will drop half a percenta
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sachs to buy from neutral. citing increased potential for yum's operations in china. although, that's what we talk about all the time. kfc in china. that's the growth in their, i think isn't yum bigger than mcdonald's in terms of total number? >> yeah. >> i think subway is, too. research -- >> they don't even call it kentucky tried anymore. >> kfc. >> and it's really chicken. >> that's uncalled for. what do you think it is, cat? that is uncalled for. >> this is all i'll say. >> tastes like chicken. >> yes, it's chicken! if david novak -- >> taco bell. >> yeah, taco bell. >> is that really meat? is that your next -- >> no. all right. the restaurant -- research in motion, rim shares coming off a seven-month high on news that the u.s. immigrations and customs enforcement agent are going to use the blackberry 10 on a trial basis. that is on news, did you see this, that the agency is going to ditch the iphone in favor -- >> okay, so why? >> i don't know. i just want to say, so blackberry was one of the sponsors of the thing yesterday, at the dealbook conference and they showed off the bl
for antibiotics and steroids. some major issues for yum brands, 44% of its revenues come from china. getting the clearance at this point, very good news, and we're seeing the stock respond accordingly. bob pisani is here on the floor with more. >> good morning. merry christmas, everybody. over the weekend, is there a plan c on the fiscal cliff floating around. the only offer that's really on the table, and i hate to get so simplist simplistic, was the president's offer. he mentioned it at the press conference late friday afternoon, and that's raise taxes on the top 2%. that's basically the offer on the table. there's a lot of people trying to throw in a lot of spending cuts into a so-called plan c, raise the medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67. that's really an afterthought going in right now. the president's offer is the one on the table right now. at this point the choices are getting very, very narrow. i didn't hear do nothing. i didn't hear about a grand bargain. the other big thing over the weekend, i was getting a lot of e-mail about, is when will the treasury department declare the
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be putting pressure on reducing trade barriers in places like china instead of worrying about the value of their currency. we should be fighting on those issues. in terms of america moving ahead, i think if we make these positive changes, like a sound dollar again, simplified tax code the people can understand, and they get more free enterprise and health care were the patient is in charge rather than third parties. unc in much different country very quickly. you go run this country and you feel especially among younger people, there is a lot of entrepreneurial energy wearing to go. if you get a more benign environment, that energy would burst forth. host: jkl tweets in, raise in the tops tax rate will not make a dent in the annual deficit. money gravitates to tax write- offs and crafted loopholes. guest: that is what you are seeing happening in europe when they are raising tax rates. lower the rates, get rid of these massive deductions,, and you would see a cleaner code, and less corrupt code. host: valerie in new jersey on our line for democrats. caller: good morning. the more i liste
is performing very well. they have geek squad. and they have a fast-growing chain in china. so for all its problems, i do believe that schulze believes that there is things that they can do to save the company and not only save it but make it prosperous. >> just before we let you go, do you have any appreciation as to what might be an acceptable offer? i mean, are there figures being bandied around from the other side? >> yeah. we've heard that best buy would be comfortable with $20 a share. now, whether or not they get that or not, i don't know. but i think it's interesting that the buzz is out there that the company would be open to $20 a share. you certainly would have heard that just a few months ago when this whole process started. >> thomas, congratulations on your exclusive. it's good to see you. thomas lee from "the minneapolis star-tribune." thank you. >> thank you. >>> speaker boehner coming out just moments ago saying the president needs to step up in the fiscal cliff negotiations. the democratic leadership is preparing to respond. we will bring you comments from senators harry
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